FILE - Hawass during the lecture
CAIRO – 2 September 2019: Renowned Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass gave an important lecture at the Italian university of Perugia.
Hawass tackled in his lecture issues pertaining to the royal mummies, the story of King Tutankhamen’s death and the harem conspiracy.
The veteran archaeologist discussed as well the latest archaeological discoveries and excavations in the Valley of the Kings.
Hawass added that archaeology requires study and research, revealing that only 30 percent of the Egyptian antiquities has been discovered so far.
"I am currently searching for the tomb of king Tutankhamen’s wife and Queen Nefertiti in the Valley of the Apes,"Hawass revealed during the lecture.
Hawass stated that the discovery of King Khufu papyri in 2013 at Wadi El-Jarf port, 119 km south of Suez governorate, is considered the most important discovery in the 21st century, because it revealed the details of the construction of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, as well as the names of the construction workers,which is proof of the strong administrative system that existed during the king's reign.
The papyri were uncovered by a Franco-Egyptian mission led by French Egyptologist Pierre Tallet and Egyptian Egyptologist Sayed Mahfouz.
"Tutankhamen was not murdered;he died due to an unknown reason at the age of 19,"Hawass asserted.
Following the first CT scan of Tutankhamen's mummy, the laboratory test didn’t find any evidence to support the theory of King Tutankhamen’s murder.
FILE - Part of the lecture
Hawass stated that Ramses III who ruled Egypt from 1186 to 1155 BC, was stabbed with a number of weapons and his toe and throat were cut.
“The mummy of the pharaoh was scanned using a very sophisticated technique of computed tomography (CT),” he continued.
At the end of his important lecture, Hawass signed his book entitled “Egyptian Pyramids' Secrets”, affirming that Egypt is safe, and inviting the attendees to visit the country.
Hawass' two-hour lecture was attended by around 1,000 persons, including famous journalists and anchors.